Cannabis? It could be an official spiritual high

By Josh Jackman, February 26, 2015

A prominent British rabbi has welcomed the prospect of medically prescribed cannabis being given kosher certification in the US.

New York rabbi Moshe Elefant, who runs the Orthodox Union's certification agency, is in talks with several companies who want their medical marijuana to be classified as kosher.

But Rabbi Abraham Pinter, headteacher of Yesodey Hatorah school in Stamford Hill, said


Drugs are rife, so why do we bury our heads?

By Charlotte Oliver, June 6, 2014

Teenagers are growing ever more dependent on drugs - and the community is turning a blind eye.

That's the claim of former addict James Weston, 33, who first experimented at 17 while in Israel with a Jewish youth movement.

Within a year, he was addicted, having regularly smoked marijuana with Jewish friends at social gatherings.


Former Parliamentary candidate fails in Jewish blogger libel attempt

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2013

A former Parliamentary candidate has failed in his attempt to sue a Jewish blogger for libel.

Pro-cannabis campaigner Peter Reynolds claimed Sarah McCulloch had defamed him when she highlighted posts on his blog relating to homophobia, racism and sexism.

The High Court rejected Mr Reynolds’s claim and ordered him to pay Ms McCulloch’s costs.


Shabbat still holy for alleged drug dealers

By Josh Jackman, September 11, 2013

A group of alleged drug dealers, charged this week by New York police, would stop selling their wares on Shabbat.

The men, who were arrested in April for selling heroin and prescription painkillers from their Brooklyn base, reportedly alerted customers to their observance via text.


US accuses Israel-linked drug ‘kingpins’ of laundering millions

By Sandy Rashty, July 16, 2013

Criminal charges have been filed against Colombian mobsters with Israeli connections.

United States authorities have placed 31 people on watch-list for alleged participation in a million-dollar money laundering network – with connections to bank accounts in Israel, China, Mexico and the Cayman Islands.


Drugsline charity relaunches

By Anna Sheinman, May 10, 2013

Drugsline, the UK’s only Jewish charity dedicated to helping substance abusers, has reopened thanks to a new partnership with Norwood.

The charity will be working in seven schools — including King Solomon High School in Ilford and Hasmonean High School — to teach pupils about addiction to drugs, alcohol and gambling.


Norwood in talks to rescue Drugsline

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

Drugsline, the UK’s only Jewish substance abuse charity, which closed its doors in September, is to be resurrected by leading Jewish charity Norwood.


EU needs Israeli medicines: time to trade freely

By Marina Yannakoudakis, October 19, 2012

Why is it that a trade agreement that will facilitate the import of high-quality and affordable medicines into Europe is such a political hot potato? Because the trade agreement is with Israel.


Drugsline goes into liquidation

By Anna Sheinman, September 27, 2012

The Ilford-based charity Drugsline was put into voluntary liquidation this week. The Chabad-supported drugs outreach organisation, run by Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin, who received an MBE for his work, has educated hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren in its 23 years of operation, as well as supporting drugs users and their families. Its closure was announced in the JC three weeks ago.


'Drugs Live' scientist hails rare opportunity

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2012

A scientist involved with a television programme featuring public figures taking ecstasy has praised it for offering an "unusual opportunity" for studying the aftereffects of the drug.

Dr Jonathan Roiser, from UCL's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, is set to appear in the second installment of Channel 4's "Drugs Live: the Ecstasy Trial" programme.